Aston Villa axing around the corner as Everton begin approach for problem-solving transfer

Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Aston Villa, April 2022

Aston Villa could soon usher Ollie Watkins through the exit door, amid reports that Everton have registered an interest in the forward.

Everton have made a poor start to this season’s Premier League campaign. The Toffees have lost both of their opening games, and sit within the relegation places.

Their squad has taken a hit over the summer. Not least thanks to the sale of Richarlison and a recent injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Indeed, that has left them bare on striking options, with Salomon Rondon currently the only fit senior striker. Anthony Gordon has been utilised up top in Everton’s two games so far, despite having only ever scored four senior goals.

It seems an addition at the top of the pitch would benefit Frank Lampard’s side. They will want to end the season in a better position than last term, when they fought off relegation until late.

The Merseyside outfit have been linked with a number of striking options. Mentions of interest in Ben Brereton Diaz and Neal Maupay have surfaced recently.

However, fresh reports have stated the Toffees have made an approach for a different Premier League striker.

Football Insider reports that Everton have registered an interest in Aston Villa frontman Watkins.

Recent reports stated that the Englishman and Villa boss Steven Gerrard ‘don’t see eye to eye’, though that has been quashed by the club.

However, it has also been reported that they would be willing to let him go this summer. As such, Everton could have a good opportunity to complete the signing.

Villa’s Watkins loss is Everton’s gain

Villa allowing Watkins to leave seems a strange decision, should it happen. The forward has been the club’s top scorer for both of the last two seasons.

What’s more, he has already shown he is in good touch this term, assisting both goals in his first start of the season – the 2-1 win over Everton last time out. Indeed, he is one of Villa’s most potent assets, and letting him leave may be the wrong decision.

For Everton, though, it would be a great piece of business. They could replace Richarlison with a player who matched his goals tally last season, and likely for less money than they sold him for.

They would also sort out their striker problem, given they seem in desperate need for a talisman, after having scored just one goal this season.

Watkins is capable of playing out wide, as well as through the centre, meaning he and Calvert-Lewin – when he returns from injury – should be able to play alongside one another, and could compliment each other’s games.